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I'm Filipino and will be travelling to Budapest September 5 to 10 (6 days) and will secure a Schengen visa. Before entry to Budapest, I will travel first to Croatia and will be arriving in Zagreb on August 31. So I have 5 days around Croatia.

Do I need to get a Croatian visa?

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The other answer is not 100% correct.

Per TIMATIC, the database used by airlines:

Visa required, except for Passengers with a double or multiple entry C visa issued by a Schengen Member State valid for all Schengen Member States and valid for the period of intended stay. They are visa exempt for a maximum stay of 90 days.

So if you have a double- or multiple-entry Schengen visa, you can enter Croatia on it, even before visiting the Schengen Area

You shouldn't assume you'll receive a double/multiple-entry visa, however (unless you've received one in the past), and if you only get a single-entry visa, then a Croatian visa is required as well.

  • Yes I usually get a multiple entry Schengen visa every year I travel for several years already, so hopefully this time I will also get that. Thank you – S. Flor Jun 9 '18 at 12:35

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